Last week, 235 seniors from Islip High School’s Class of 2017 walked onto the school’s athletic field draped in purple or white as they concluded Phase 1 of their educational journeys.

Below are photos from a big day for many in Islip.

Co-valedictorian Brendan Mercado’s music-oriented speech was built around renditions of eight of his favorite songs.

Co-valedictorian Brendan Mercado’s music-oriented speech was built around renditions of eight of his favorite songs.

Nicole Poliandro sings a soaring rendition of Darren Criss’ “This Time.”